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the little yew-tree in the north corner best ; and to his benevolent protection
bliss we fondly, plore heaven to spare him yet a little. vainly looked for here.” It was pleas- His fading eyes were fixed on her; she ing to hear the touching tones of her again placed his hand to her lips and melodious voice thus breathing the spi- wept: he looked his gratitude and closed rit of religious consolation at a moment his eyes----opened them, closed them like this---it had the desired effect--he again---heaved a gentle sigh, and then ceased repining, and whispered (it was with a faint smile on his countenance, all he could) « Yes---there is a Provi- breathed his last.
J, R. W. dence that rules and directs all for the
May happiness ever, beloved ! be thine;
E'en if thou art vowing thou'lt never be mine!
But wish'd by love only to fetter thy heart;
And praise or reproof were both welcome from me;
And came from a bosomn devoted to thee.
To flatter and court thee, and call thee divine;
Bespeaks not such love as one censure of mine.
May stop to admire the rose's sweet breast;
That injur'd its excellence, loves it the best.
To cure e'en oue error, more true love can boast,
I therefore, when blaming thee, lov'd thcc the most. AMELIA OPIE,
MY GODMOTHER'S LEGACY; OR THE ART OF CONSOLING,
SECTION V.-LADIES OUT OF FASHION.
If I may judge from experience, La- and new times, all the Eleanors, and a dies out of fashion are not easily con. great many of the Catherines, whose soled; but as wits without beauty, and celebrity employs historians, have been beauties without wit, have been almost indebted for their fame to some little equally numerous, both classes have portion of their lives spent out of the consolation of precedents, since fashion. From this number, perhaps, both have been successfully in and out we must except the immortal Catherine of fashion.
of Petruchio, whose style has always Antiquity is never an agreeable been found prevailingly fashionable in source of reflection to Ladies, therefore almost every class of her sex. I advise my pupils, in the art of con We have never heard that the Desolation, to say nothing of the examples moiselles Dacier, and Descartes, or furnished by ancient heroines ; since, any of the learned Greek Ladies whom from the days of Helena to those of our they rivalled, were very fashionable in own Queen Boadicea, every body knows their own times and in their own fethey are all out of fashion. Perhaps, male circles. What indeed, should we however, we may venture to quote the have heard of them at all, if they had saying of King Henry VIIIth's Queen studied nothing but the winding curls, Catherine, one of the many wives who little lace cornets, and enormous hoops, have found themselves unfashionable. which composed women of fashion in "If I was compelled to chuse the ex those days? And we have good reason treme either of good or evil, I would to believe, even the good-natured Maprefer the last, for adversity bringeth demoiselle de Scuderi, whose folios of good counsel, moderation and fore- love-stories were the treasures of our sight, which prosperity seldom hath.” ladies' shelves in Queen Ann's reign,
We are not much informed of the was by no means in " the light of number of friends found by ladies out fashion;" else ą vigilant police officer of fashion, but they had, no doubt, in would not have carried her to Paris all ages, an abundance of good coun- with her brother, on suspicion of treasel. There is still greater consolation son, because she had been heard planin knowing, that the wittiest and clever. ning with him the quickest way of disest women were most distinguished patching some Prince, whose adventures when in adversity, which is another they were busy in. An accident which word for unfashionable. Who would the polite magistrates of France would have heard of the charming Diana de never have permitted to befall a woman Montmorenci, if her husband's caprice of fashion. Of Englishwomen, the had not thrown her early life into wittiest have been always the least shadows. This rare woman, who had fashionable, because the least known ; power to change his aversion into for the wit of a genuine English feesteem, and to win from Henry the male, like the almond which it resemGreat those famous words, “ Madam, bles in flavour, requires some time to if you will give me your word that the develope. There have been, however, Catholics will act sincerely, all stipula- a few whom chance or high birth has tions are useless, for your word is more hung in public view ; but every one in than a thousand bonds;" even she turn ceased to be in fashion-often would never have been heard of, if Fran. while she lived and always after her cis de Montmorenci had not made her death. out of fashion in her youth. Our own Women out of fashion have another Elizabeth owed much of her greatness and better consolation. The best of to the days, she spent in unfashionable their countrywomen and their sex have and unpopular retirement at Wood. seldom had that word attached to their stock ; when, as her governess informed names. My pupils may observe that Lord Cromwell, she had neither muf- I have never mentioned the good wives, flers nor biggins, nor “a dish fit to daughters, and mothers, whose exameat of.” The Janes and Joans of ples have reached us. Not that our France, and England, the Julias of old Lady Ann Pembroke and Lady Russell
had less wit than Mesdames Roland the populace of Versailles erected a or Lafayette; or the daughters of Sir pyramid of snow to her honour. Could Thomas More less learning than the there have been a more appropriate Maries and Margarets of Valois and emblem of her unsteady greatness, and Anjou, or the daughters of Madam de their own nature ? The Empress JoSevigne and Monsieur Neckar; but if sephine verified the Egyptian sybil's they have ceased to be fashionable, at prophecy, by dying under a roof grantleast they are still spoken of as models ed by the bounty of those, whose emfor imitation.
pires had been only a few months beI do not know any class so hard to fore at the disposal of her husband. be consoled as women of high rank, After her name we can find no nearer accustomed to homage and display, and or superber example. I have not such suddenly deprived of both by widow a long list of precedents suitable to hood. It is no use to quote Artemisia's this section as might have graced my fine example, or to see at the opera last. But it must console Ladies out of how Dido and Sappho conducted them- fashion to know they are not so numeselves in circumstances not much un rous as wits out of pluce. like. One lady of consequence actually Mere beauties are the last class I went in her new weeds and post-chariot have named as objects of consolation, to Brighton, and ascended the cliff to and they have one at least. As they throw herself down, but saw nobody are envied only by triflers, the enmity below. Another told me, it would be they excite is as evanescent as their all very well if such things were or power, and their fall is unremembered. could be done in any new style ; " but Perhaps they scarcely can become less (said she) if the Dowager Dido really important, for a youth of folly is not burned herself, she must have burnt more insignificant than an old
of her settlement first."
cards. Instead of reckoning up the Though such widows deserved little beauties, who have gone out of fashion consolation, they always seem to want within the last eighteeen hundred years, it more than any other. They may find it would be more profitable for decaya great deal by looking over the list of ing belles to collect and study the cospowerful women, who have been re tumes worn by their most celebrated duced to need it. Perhaps General predecessors; and to see, whether by Monk's wife, as she was a blacksmith's reviving them they might not revive daughter, and once a sempstress, will some part of their own charms, and de deemed hardly a fit example. Yet come again into fashion. In Henry it is curious to observe how this cele the Sixth's time the charming Counbrated Ann Clarges, whose wit led her tess of Desmond wore a mirtle of orange behind a curtain to overhear a political coloured silk, and a courtpie, or petticonversation, and by providing her with coat of white; a broad girdle of brocade means to baffle it, saved her husband's fastened on the left side, and long large life, and established the throne, became sleeves exquisitely plaited and fringed at length a mere women out of fashion, with silver. Her hair was divided on Sarah of Marlborough, after startling her fair forehead and flowed over her the ears of half Queen Ann's Ministers, shoulders curiously curled, and covered besides her husband's, was forced to ask behind with a caul of gold network inadmittance of her chambermaid, and tertwined with flowers. The small beto thank heaven that she, who had witching cap, with its pearl pendent helped to carry the staff of state, was over the brow, may be found in Mary not reduced to beg with one. The Queen of Scotland's picture; and the Duchesses of Portsmouth and Kendall Orindas and Saccharissas of Elizabeth's shared the fate of the Montespans, the day may be guessed at from the porMaintenons, and Du Barrès of other traits in ancient castles, and the murlands. On one of the many occasions ray-coloured satin gowns guarded with of Marie Antoinette's magnificence, fur and lined with pink, which appear
Madame Talleyrand was out of fashion in the East Indies as an English gentleman's divorced wife, before she became Princess of Benevento; and the beautiful Madame Tallicn, whose lock of hair caused Robespierre's dethronement, and whose beneficent intercession gaived her husband so many friends, lost both friends and fashion when be lost his place.
in the inventories of the Clifford ward the tippets, cardinals, hoods and rufrobe. We must allow Elizabeth her. fles of the 17th and 18th, one would self credit for retaining the ample and think a lady might contrive to compose lofty frill, which gives royal character something so multiform and unparalto the female race, by concurring with
leled. as to be the instant fashion of our idea of the reserve and firmness the day. But unfortunately this would proper for a queen. From her days, require some money, and ladies are till those of George the First, the dra seldom absolutely out of fashion while pery of beauty was not allowed to flow they have any. It is recorded among in easy folds, at least they did not be the traditions of Tabby Hall, that five gin less than a yard below the shoul- fair ones being avowedly and irretrievder; but the head retained its flatably unfashionable, proposed to comsmooth crown, with clusters of ringlets bine their resources, aud live in digniplaying over each ear with very infan- fied retirement. When the funds were tine grace. It was reserved for the collected to compose the pecuniary pic belles of 1770 to construct a tower of nic, Mrs. Artemisia Bustletor had nothwire and gauze on their heads, not un- ing to send but the undertaker's relike those still worn in Normandy, with ceipt for the prime cost of the velvet flags of lace behind. The Gunnings, coffin and 200 silver nails, which he the Rutland and the Coventry of our had furnished for her husband, on her court, must have had grace even beyond promise of future patronage. Miss Rotheir beauty, since they dared to exhibit delinda Storinont possessed twentytheir faces with such extraordinary ad two MS. sonnets, half a philosophiditions from the hair dresser. I re cal essay, and a novel in six volumes. member myself nothing of their other A lady, rather younger, shewed two costumes, except as it was represented letters of thanks from as many parby my nursery-maid at a Christmas ticular friends, for her services in proYule-dance. My mother furnished her moting one marriage and fifteen exwith an original court-hoop, over which planations. One still younger offered, we adjusted the green velvet cover of a as her contribution to the fund, a recipe large table, and employed twelve yards for Ninon de l'Enclos's cosmetic, capable of highly glazed Scotch Holland, in- of producing the finest candle-light tended for aprons, in a festoon round tints. And another, only in her third the bottom of this weighty petticoat. public year, sent an immense bundle Two cambric cravats folded cross-ways, of bills, which she called vouchers for with a dollar in each corner, formed her having duly learned the seventeen treble rufles duly poised to cover the accomplishments. All these treasures elbow. A leghorn-hat, placed the united would not have bought one towrong side before, decorated by three lerable annuity; therefore I proposed large leaves of the Scotch kail-plant, to make a general transfer or exchange and a diamond knee-buckle as a loop, of property. The spirited widow took represented the fan-tail chapeau and the patent rouge, and became again a plume; and a very large fly-trap of brilliant beauty: the school-bills were cut paper curled round her neck, in the transferred to the cosmetic's former style of a buffon or crimpled net, the owner, who immediately assumed the glory of 1779. Jet-black hair, combed character of an accomplished wit, and orer a high cushion, a chin neatly became fashionable as the pupil of Crapatched, and bright eyes well sus mer, Vestris, and Ambrogetti. The iained by rouge, coinpleted the re match-maker quitted her worn-out prac, semblance to the loveliest duchess of tice of maneuvering, and announced that time. Then followed a head-dress a new novel, which was eagerly read resembling Psyche's wings; and, as if in all circles of ton, as the work of an suddenly remembering the land which experienced romancer in real life. The gave birth to that elegant fable, the authoress took the widow's funeral next race of beauties became Greeks in bills, and by altering the name and every article of the toilet. From this date with a little poetical license, translong succession of varieties, from the formed them into proofs of a rich godtime of the 14th century, the feathery mother's burial, by which she was reafur and pearl stomacher of the 15th, sonably supposed to derive a legacy, the brocade and gold stuffs of the 16th, suitable to the pomp of the last hon, Eur. Mag. Vol.81. May 18!2.
ours. Thus I recommend maneuverers change; and new bonnets, new novels, to write, instead of acting scenes; bean and new estates will be welcomed, when ties to become wits, and wits to grow wit, beauty, and good management are rich; their mountain of miseries will out of fashion. lessen instead of increasing by the
THE VISION OF A PHILOSOPHER.
“ Making the wind. my post-horse."-Shakspeare. I have often thought with that sage dict. However, to come to the point, and learned author of Roderick Ran. on the very night preceding my birth, dom, that nature, at our first formation, my mother dreamt that she saw rise not only creates in us some fine threads from the earth a large bubble, which or stamina, which determine our future reflected the moon-beams in var COpropensities, but that the Fates, would lours of unrivalled brilliancy, yellow mortals only understand them, generally being the predominant reflection : this at such a period condescend to give our bubble ascended to a great height withparents some broad hints of the future out bursting, and at length was lost to prominent incidents of our lives. Thus, human vision in the boundless expanse if I recollect right, one of the parents of ether. Being elated by this wonderof Roderick Random, just before the ous vision, in order to ensure the comchild's nativity, had a remarkable dream pletion of whatever it might predict, of a ball incessantly rolling round the my mother carefully revealed her dream mother's chamber, and which evident to my father, and to her old monthly intimation from the Fates was logically nurse, before either had tasted a mouthinterpreted by the old ladies, skilful in ful of breakfast. I cannot say much dreams, to declare that the forthcoming for my father's, or even my mother's child would turn out a wonderful tra- sagacity or learning in the matter of veller. The migratory and wandering dreams; but as to the old nurse, few of life of poor Roderick, driven, as the say- either sex could rival her at telling a ing is, from pillar to post, fully corro fortune, or at revealing a dream. The borated the sagacious predictions of his triumvirate, as an Irish gentleman called mother and her friendly old ladies. Now them, having duly pondered upon all the the Fates were certainly no less commu minutiae of the vision, boldly affirmed: nicative and solicitous about myself, at First-That the dream clearly related that most wonderous epoch of my birth; to the expected child. Second–That but the misfortune was, that the exceed. the preponderance of yellow rays as ingly broad and palpable hint, they clearly indicated my possession of countdeigned to give of my destiny, was to less gold; and that the rising of the tally unintelligible to my worthy pa- bubble, to such an astounding height, rents, who, it appears, were plain, ho- infallibly predicted worldly grandeur, nest folks, and but little endued with ergo, I should turn out a great genius, the real spirit of prophecy. Without and a rising character. But alas, the donbt, however, the old gentleman and poor old gentleman and lady, in this lady, my father and mother, must have instance at least, were any thing rather terribly irritated these Fates, who had than logicians or conjurors; and the thus taken the trouble to give a warn nurse does not appear to have been a bit ing, which, like all other supernatural wiser, in either point, than the master warnings that I ever heard of, proved to or mistress. Whether this syllogism of tally unintelligible to those whom it was the said triumvirate was wrong in the intended to warn; and was understood remote or proxime matter whether the by nobody until after the occurrence of major, the minor, or the middle term the event, which it was designed to pre were erroneous or informal-or whe